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Dutch watch euthanasia on television

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1107
  1. T Sheldon

    A television documentary that shows a general practitioner carrying out voluntary euthanasia on a terminally ill patient provoked an international reaction within hours of being broadcast. Death on Request, by the religious broadcasting company IKON, broke new ground when, with the agreement of the patient and his wife, it included footage of the death itself.

    Television companies from at least five countries, including Canada, France, and Germany, want to buy the film. IKON says that there has been much interest in the part of the documentary showing the death but that it will sell only the whole film. Senior editor Lejo Schenk …

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